There are 6 ways to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef by ferry, plane, train or bus

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Ferry to Sydney, fly, ferry  •  9h 54m

  1. Take the ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
  2. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Cairns (CNS) SYD - CNS
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$273 - $603

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Ferry, train to Newcastle, fly  •  15h 11m

  1. Take the ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Hamilton Station
  3. Fly from Newcastle (NTL) to Cairns (CNS) NTL - CNS
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$374 - $648

Ferry, train  •  43h 53m

  1. Take the ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2 Mff / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  4. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$368 - $655

Bus, ferry via Sydney  •  47h 42m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$398 - $706

Bus, train, ferry  •  2 days 0h

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$360 - $599

Bus, ferry  •  2 days 4h

  1. Take the bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Cairns
  3. Take the ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island

$406 - $613

Questions & Answers

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The cheapest way to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef is to ferry and fly which costs $270 - $650 and takes 9h 54m.

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The quickest way to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef is to ferry and fly which costs $270 - $650 and takes 9h 54m.

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The distance between Manly Beach and Great Barrier Reef is 1968 km.

The best way to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef without a car is to ferry and train which takes 43h 53m and costs $360 - $700.

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It takes approximately 9h 54m to get from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport is the direct flight which takes 3h 5m.

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Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas offer flights from Sydney Airport to Cairns Airport.

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There are two+ hotels available in Great Barrier Reef. Prices start at $150 AUD per night.

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What companies run services between Manly Beach, NSW, Australia and Great Barrier Reef, Australia?

There is no direct connection from Manly Beach to Great Barrier Reef. However, you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, Wharf 2, take the walk to Circular Quay Station, take the train to International Airport Station, take the walk to Sydney airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Palm Cove, take the walk to Williams Esplanade at Caryota St, take the line 110 bus to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to Circular Quay, Wharf 2, take the walk to Circular Quay Station, take the train to Central Station, take the train to Hamilton Station, take the walk to Maitland Rd Before Beaumont St, take the bus to Newcastle Airport, take the walk to Newcastle airport, fly to Cairns, take the walk to Cairns Airport, take the shuttle to Palm Cove, take the walk to Williams Esplanade at Caryota St, take the line 110 bus to Cairns City Bus Station Platform 1, take the walk to Cairns, take the ferry to Great Barrier Reef Green Island, then take the walk to Great Barrier Reef.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 57m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $850
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane, Townsville
Ave. Duration
6h 40m
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,100
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Gold Coast
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
8h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $600
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Newcastle to Cairns via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $600
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Cairns
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $650
Train operators
Transport NSW

Transport for NSW manages public transport for Australia’s New South Wales region, including metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail and coach. Hubs include Sydney, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Wollongong. Use an Opal card for cheapest fares in greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, the Hunter and the Illawarra. Tickets for regional train and bus services need to be booked before travel (Opal cards are not accepted).

Contact Details
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Hamilton Station
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$24 - $45
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$24 - $35
First Class
$30 - $45
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$90 - $170
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $120
First Class
$120 - $170
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Cairns Central Station
Ave. Duration
24h 45m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$170 - $370
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Queensland Rail Travel
Economy-B-Quick fare
$170 - $250
Economy-A-Choice Fare
$250 - $360
A-Choice
$369
B-Quick
$203
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long-distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
13h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$120 - $160
Premium
$150 - $210
Advantage
$160 - $190
Bus from Brisbane to Cairns
Ave. Duration
28h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$220 - $390
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$220 - $280
Premium
$290 - $390
Advantage
$300 - $360
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $110
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Chatswood to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service
Ferry operators
Manly Fast Ferry
Phone
02 9583 1199
Website
manlyfastferry.com.au
Ferry from Manly, Wharf 2 to Circular Quay, Wharf 2
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$7 - $11
Website
Manly Fast Ferry
Sydney Ferries
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Ferry from Manly, Wharf 1 to Circular Quay, Wharf 3, Side A
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Schedules at
Sydney Ferries
Green Island Adventures
Phone
(61) 7 4044 9944
Email
central_ga@quicksilvergroup.com.au
Website
green-island.com.au
Ferry from Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Green Island
Ave. Duration
1h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$96
Schedules at
green-island.com.au

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